Skip to comments.Do We Need A New Word For Treason?
Posted on 11/10/2010 10:15:30 PM PST by Neil E. Wright
Say any word a thousand times and it loses its meaning. Yet, how could any act punishable by death lose its meaning? I don't care how many times I hear the word murder, it always pretty much holds the same weight as the first time I heard it. The same goes for rape. I heard the word many times and have seen it used superfluously as in: "They are raping the land!" Regardless, when I hear that word, it sparks an internal revulsion.
Treason seems to no longer hold that same revulsion. It is a co-opted word by those guilty of it. It is a word reserved for those who have gone against the government. But, when the government goes against the people in clear violation of the Constitution, the word never appears, or when it does it carries no weight whatsoever. So, one must ask oneself: "Why not?"
Why not, indeed.
A word like treason only holds meaning if it is enforced, if it represents a true and rational threat. Where there is no one to enforce the death penalty aspect to it, there is no meaning. Traditionally, we think of the consequences of treason more than the mere act of it. We might imagine the sneaky, late-night passing of communication between the treasonous agent and the beneficiary, but it is the stark sight of the firing squad that brings home the import of the act.
Another aspect to the act of treason that lends more weight to the word at one time rather than another is the immediacy of threat. When a nation is at war, treason is dealt with differently than when it serves to aid some distant military threat. I'm not sure that it should, but it is a fact. Part of that obviously comes from the lives put in danger dimension to a nation at war and the possibility of war.
In America today, we are at war. Treason is being committed. Lives are being put in danger as a result. This treason is open and clear, almost insultingly obvious, to anyone who cares to look. So, it must be the word that means nothing. I guess we need a new word for it.
Cross-posted at WASHINGTON REBEL.
Wait, there's fag threads somewhere? What am I doing wasting my time worrying about treason?
I really need to budget and allot my time better.
Hey, wait a minute: when you say "fag threads" are you referring to the clothing styles worn by homosexuals? Because I'm all over that, FRiend.
It hasn’t been used or incorporated enough.
Otherwise our nation would be familiar with it because 3/4 of our congress and the resident in the White House would have been tried and removed for committing it.
Yer a clever little cretin.
Stay in your hole, but keep the graphics flowing.
And paranoid lunatic threads here too.
It is the rational threads where one can learn something that I seek.
I divide my time between the three, and sometimes venture into other areas where something useful can be derived. Otherwise, I mess with nitwits who want to ban my sorry bum.
I have a feeling that the way they are now being punished is far worse than anything we could do.
I don’t think it would rise to the level of treason unless such subtufuge was shown to be a conspiracy between Obama and a foreign power. While Obama may not have been a natural born citizen, or even surrendered his citizenship when he moved to Indonesia, it would need to be established that he is now a legal citizen (and not just someone who returned her and reclaimed surrendered citizenship) who sought to provide aid to a foreign power (enemy). You have to be a citizen to be a traitor, I think.
Now those in Hawaii, Illinois, and DC who may have engaged in a criminal conspiracy to empower a foreigner as President WOULD be considered to be in league with a foreign power/enemy to circumvent our Constitution.
In the Cold War, stateside Communists engaged in espionage and subsidized seditious movements against the government ON BEHALF of the Soviet Union.
Barack COULD be considered a traitor for restoking the Cold War (we were not at war with Russia but he wanted to take up “peace negotiations” and sought the destruction of our own nuclear capabilities even if the Russians are not compliant as well as disclosing our missile locations to foreign inspectors).
“Darth is merely pointing out that treason is a capital offense that merits the death penalty in our country.”
That is 100% true.
“While I do not share Darth’s love of piano wire.”
I would settle for lethal injection. I used that as sort of analogy to “have the punishment fit the crime”. Treason is truly a heinous act against a country as it leads to the death and suffering of innocents. Your statement echos my position well.
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As someone coming late to this bickering, it is clear that nobody called for what you describe.
Treason is a capital offense as well it should be. Maybe you disagree, If so, maybe you are on the wrong forum.
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